Friday, February 17, 2012

Home Study Class

Today was our first of two full day "Home Study" classes. I'm exhausted, not necessarily because of today's class, but because of all the chaos (good and bad) that has gone on this week...I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am that it's Friday...the weekend is FINALLY here!

Tuesday (Valentine's Day) was a wonderful day because my niece was born! Happy and healthy, Lily weighed in at 6 lbs. 12 oz. She's a doll! And her big sister, Shelby, is very proud (as are the rest of our family)! This is what my Valentine's Day looked like:

I won't go into all the details about why I'm so happy that this week is just about over, but it involves a set of keys that were lost after they were left somewhere that they shouldn't have been and they included the one and only copy of the door/ignition/remote entry key to my husband's Durango (which ended up costing us over $200 to replace) plus some very hectic days at work made this one heck of a week!  The $200 key replacement and $1500 we paid for this home study class made for a very expensive week!!!  Somebody needs to win the lotto...hello, anyone out there??

So, like I mentioned above, today was our first Home Study class. There were 7 couples, including us, in attendance. We got to know a little more about the other couples during class and when we all went to lunch together. I actually really enjoyed today!

We covered topics such as:  a brief history of adoption, fair fighting skills, communication styles, shared with the group how we met and about our dating/engagement/marriage, we did a personality test and watched a humorous video about the test. I'm sure that I'm missing something, but this is what I can remember right now!

We have another stack of "homework" that they encouraged us to fill out and have ready before our next class, which is scheduled for February 28th.  It's not mandatory that it all be complete by the 28th, but they said it would make things easier for us since we'll be receiving another stack of "homework" at the next class.  If we complete this in little baby steps, it won't be so bad!

Scanning through our folder right now, the homework includes the following:

  • Communication Styles: A Self-Assessment Exercise 
  • Home Study Worksheet: Family of Origin 
  • Genogram - which gives a brief history of our family genealogy 
  • Religion & Values worksheet
  • Financial Management: The Meaning of Money
  • Portfolio: Tastes & Preferences
  • Adoptive Parents Personality Characteristics
  • Home Study Worksheet: Marriage
  • Worksheet for Wife
  • Worksheet for Husband
  • Supplement to Worksheet: Previous Marriage (which does not apply to us)
  • Household Responsibility Checklist

Still a long way to go in this journey, but each step gets us just a little bit closer!!


  1. An expensive week for you guys! Gew! Glad Lily and your first class makes it a great week. :) So happy you guys can relax this weekend and take your class in. It's feeling more real isn't it. :)